- Dec 14, 2002
- New Jersey
This afternoon I was taking an offramp on a bridge, and there was a big, deep pothole that I couldnt avoid (I was between the side of a bridge and another car). I recall seeing the rebar grid inside of it, so it must have been pretty deep. It was a hard enough hit that my windshield wipers turned on by themselves. I keep my tires at 37-38 PSI. More or less immediately the car started pulling right, and I parked it as soon as there was a location that I could do so safely. It was quite the blowout. Rim is damaged too - hit it hard enough, or just right that the edge of the rim has marring from the concrete, and it is definitely bent. So looks like Ill be buying a $400 or so wheel... Plus a tire or two... Ugh. These were the OE Michelin Energy Saver AS tires, which I like very much, and still have half of their tread after 56k miles. I put my snow tires on the front to drive it home. Seems to track OK, the wheel returns to center. If anything, it might pull very slightly left, but any correction and it will stay on course. Just seems that I have to turn the wheel ever so slightly right on occasion to go straight. It doesnt seem to always be the case though, and the crown of the road seems to sometimes be sufficient to keep it tracking straight and true. Ive definitely driven cars with far less straight steering wheels and far more pull. A casual observation didnt show anything bad or abnormal. Any recommendations on what/how I should check it next? The obvious answer is to get it on an alignment rack, but anything else I can do? Is there a "typical" way that a bad pothole hit throws off an alignment? Id think that it would be less toe related and more that the car is moving forward and the wheel and tire get snagged backwards while rolling through. So is it camber that needs to be checked and verified most? With something that hard, should I be concerned about engine or transmission mounts? Thanks!